Crowns can help restore your smile

Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.

Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.

The first step towards making a crown involves reshaping the tooth so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been prepared, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. We utilize the latest technology to take a digital scan of the tooth, avoiding messy impression material. We also now offer in-office fabrication, which allows for same-day crown placement. If you choose to split the process into two shorter appointments, you will go home with a temporary crown over the tooth until the permanent crown is placed. The temporary crown will protect your tooth from temperature sensitivity and keep the surrounding teeth in place, but you will need to avoid foods that are sticky or hard until the process is complete.

When the permanent crown is placed, we may use local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. The bite will be checked to make sure everything is hitting evenly, and an x-ray may be taken to ensure that the edges are sealed. This prevents bacteria from leaking under the crown and causing a new cavity. The crown will then be permanently placed with cement.  When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.